I have created a point shapefile in ArcGIS 10.0 that has a geographic projection, but it will not display/draw. When I view the properties it has no "extent" information. Is this the problem?

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    Please indicate what software you are using.
    – smithkm
    Jul 19, 2013 at 16:49
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    what's your software ? do you only created a shapefile or add point to the shapefile using editor tools ?
    – BBG_GIS
    Jul 19, 2013 at 16:59
  • I am using arcgis 10.0; exported data from one point shapefile to another one; made some edits to the "new" file(deleted 2 rows); saved edits, etc.
    – scott
    Jul 19, 2013 at 17:05
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    see the shapefile attribute . if you don't have any rows then you dont have any points in the shapefile . if you see the row(s) in the attribute , i think you have a problem in geometry . use repair geometry tool (ArcToolbox=>Data management tools=> features=> repair geometry
    – BBG_GIS
    Jul 19, 2013 at 17:13
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    Try deleting/creating the spatial index too.
    – mkennedy
    Jul 19, 2013 at 17:24

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Assuming there is actually data (rows) in the file and it is just not showing, you can try fixing the point data manually by:

  • creating POINT_X and POINT_Y columns
  • using "calculate geometry" write the x and y popint coordinates into those fields respectively
  • export that attribute table as a text file
  • reimport it back into your map
  • right cick and display x-y data using the centroid locations as the x and y coordinates

You can then export the data and you have a new point shapefile.

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